give (someone) the pink slip

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give (someone) the pink slip

chiefly US, informal
:to stop employing (someone) because there is not enough work :lay off usually used as be given the pink slip
  • Thousands of factory workers have been given the pink slip in recent months.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

pink play
  1. : a ship with a narrow overhanging stern —called also pinkie

  1. : any of a genus (Dianthus of the family Caryophyllaceae, the pink family) of chiefly Eurasian herbs having usually pink, red, or white flowers

  2. : the very embodiment : paragon

  3. : one dressed in the height of fashion

  1. : any of a group of colors bluish red to red in hue, of medium to high lightness, and of low to moderate saturation

  2. : the scarlet color of a fox hunter's coat

  3. : pink-colored clothing

  1. : of the color pink

  2. : holding moderately radical and usually socialistic political or economic views

  3. : emotionally moved : excited

  1. : to perforate in an ornamental pattern

  2. : to cut a saw-toothed edge on

  3. : pierce, stab

slip play
  1. : to move with a smooth sliding motion

  2. : to move quietly and cautiously : steal

  3. : elapse, pass

  1. : a sloping ramp extending out into the water to serve as a place for landing or repairing ships

  2. : a ship's or boat's berth between two piers

  3. : the act or an instance of departing secretly or hurriedly

  1. : a small shoot or twig cut for planting or grafting : scion

  2. : descendant, offspring

  3. : a long narrow strip of material

  1. : to take cuttings from (a plant) : divide into slips

  1. : a mixture of finely divided clay and water used especially by potters (as for casting or decorating wares or in cementing separately formed parts)


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